JVC GZ-GX1 Camcorder Review
The GZ-GX1 is JVC's top-of-the-line camcorder for 2012, so we expected to see excellent performance from the model. The camcorder didn't disappoint with its sharpness results, as the model produced a horizontal sharpness of 800 lw/ph and a vertical sharpness of 750 lw/ph—both obtained using the 60p record mode. Shooting with the 60i frame rate on the camcorder produced good results as well, although the vertical sharpness was not as solid (around 600 lw/ph). More on how we test video sharpness.
The JVC GZ-GX1 is equipped with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and two extra powerful IS settings that use a combination of optical and digital stabilization technology. While we did find the system worked to reduce minor shake in our hand held shooting, our test results showed all of the GZ-GX1's IS systems were useless against more violent shaking. So, if you're shooting video from a moving car or running wit the camcorder, you shouldn't expect the image stabilization to provide much of an improvement. More on how we test stabilization.